Following the 2016 presidential election, it was only a matter of time before the Democratic Party found new leadership. As expected, President Donald Trump decided to voice his thoughts on who would lead the opposing party moving forward.

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Later this week, Democrats will hold a vote to see who will be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Heading into the vote, it's Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota who holds a slight edge over Tom Perez, the former Secretary of Labor, as the favorite. Ellison is seen as one of the most progressive members of Congress, and a popular voice on the left to help move the Democratic Party forward.

Knowing Ellison is front runner, Donald Trump decided to take a shot at the congressman, which was seen in a February 22 message on his Twitter account.

"One thing I will say about Rep. Keith Ellison, in his fight to lead the DNC, is that he was the one who predicted early that I would win!" Donald Trump wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday morning. In response to Trump's tweet, Ellison fired back at the commander in chief with a social media message of his own. "My latest call? America is coming together like never before; we'll stop your drive to divide us," Ellison wrote.

Back in July 2015, just one month after the former host of "The Apprentice" announced his campaign for president, Ellison sat down for an interview with ABC News and warned Democrats of the possibility of a Trump presidency.

"Anybody from the Democratic side of the fence who thinks who is terrified of the possibility of President Trump, better vote," Ellison said, before adding, "he might be ready for the fact that he may be leading the Republican ticket." When asked if he was serious about his statement, the congressman replied that "stranger things have happened."

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While Keith Ellison is seen as the most likely option to lead the Democratic National Committee, he doesn't come without any baggage.

Ellison has controversy in his past, as he was a close ally of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the hate group known as the "Nation of Islam." Despite his links to the radical organization, Ellison has distanced himself from the group in recent years. The vote for the who will lead the DNC will take place later this week.

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